Steven H. Zeisel, M.D., Ph.D.
- Metabolomic Approaches to Explore Chemical Diversity of Human Breast-Milk, Formula Milk and Bovine Milk
- Interactions Between Nuclear Receptor SHP and FOXA1 Maintain Oscillatory Homocysteine Homeostasis in Mice
- Genetic variation of folate-mediated one-carbon transfer pathway predicts susceptibility to choline deficiency in humans
- Status of nutrition education in medical schools
- The evolution of Nutrition in Medicine, a computer-assisted nutrition curriculum
- A Grand Challenge for Nutrigenomics
- Adiponectin lowers glucose production by increasing SOGA
- Choline Dehydrogenase Polymorphism RS12676 is a Functional Variation and is Associated with Changes in Human Sperm Cell Function
- Choline in Advances in Nutrition
Research Technician, Zeisel Labwalter_friday@unc.edu
Walter Friday, a Kannapolis native, recently returned to Cabarrus County to get married. He is a 2010 graduate of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College with an AAS in Biotechnology. He is pleased to be working at the Nutrition Research Institute as a research technician. He enjoys spending time with his wife, reading, and traveling.
Daniel Lupu, M.D.
Nutritional BioChemistry Studentdaniel_lupu@unc.edu
Dr. Daniel Lupu studied medicine in Romania and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since joining the NRI in November 2008 he has been involved in multiple projects related to his interests in nutriepigenetics. He is currently studying how disrupting the methyl flow at the intersection of choline and folate pathways is triggering hepatocellular adenoma and carcinoma.
Research Technician, Zeisel Labcamunson@email.unc.edu
Carolyn Munson graduated in 2015 from Rowan Cabarrus Community College with an AAS in biotechnology. She is working as a research technician in the Zeisel lab at the NRI. Much of her work is directed by Dr. Eneda Pjetri conducting behavioral studies and Dr. Natalia Surzenko performing immunohistochemistry work.
Research Associate, Zeisel Labstephen_orena@unc.edu
Stephen Oreña received his B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an M.S. degree from Harvard Medical School, Boston. He went on to do drug discovery research in the areas of diabetes and obesity at Pfizer, Inc. Stephen has extensive experience in cell biology, molecular biology and animal research with expertise in the design and execution of a variety of in vitro and in vivo assays for both screening and mechanistic purposes. Stephen is currently working on a phytochemical screen for activation of the anti-oxidant response pathway.
Research Technician, Zeisel Labjennifer_owen@unc.edu
Jennifer Rhinehart Owen attended East Carolina University and received a BS in Biology and an MS in Cell Biology. Her work there focused on characterizing Mesenchymal stem cells in human breast tissue. She is very excited about working at the Nutrition Research Institute as a research technician focusing on molecular biology techniques.
Eneda Pjetri, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Zeisel Labeneda_pjetri@unc.edu
Eneda Pjetri earned her MD at Marmara University, Turkey and her PhD in neuroscience at the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Her dissertation focused on the role of genetic and environmental interaction in an animal model of anorexia nervosa. During her PhD she also worked at the Section of Eating Disorders, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, United Kingdom. Dr. Pjetri joined the NRI as postdoctoral researcher in September 2013. Her research focus is to further study choline's role in behavior using knockout mouse models.
Research Technician, Zeisel Labdebby_reed@unc.edu
Debby Reed received her BS in biochemistry and her MS in plant physiology from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. Debby has worked with several research labs using analytical methods such as gas and liquid chromatography with mass spectrometry to develop metabolic profiles of biological samples. She is working with the Zeisel lab to perform lipid analysis for ongoing diabetes research at the Nutrition Research Institute.
Natalia Surzenko, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor, Nutritionsurzenko@email.unc.edu
Natalia Surzenko, PhD, joined the NRI in August of 2013 as a Research Scientist. Dr. Surzenko’s studies focus on understanding how nutrient availability affects brain and eye development. Dr. Surzenko received her PhD in Neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. Her graduate research work was focused on elucidating the molecular mechanisms of neural progenitor cell maintenance. During her postdoctoral studies at the Department of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Surzenko worked towards understanding the strategies employed by neural progenitor cells of the retina to generate neuronal cell diversity. At the NRI, Dr. Surzenko combines mouse genetic tools with a variety of cellular assays to assess the roles of distinct nutrient molecules in the regulation of neurogenesis in the developing and adult central nervous system. Learn More
Isis Trujillo, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Zeisel Labisis_trujillo@unc.edu
Isis Trujillo received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Her research was focused on the role of metabolic proteins associated with biotin in transcriptional regulation. She also collaborated on breast cancer research projects. Her interests include nutrigenomics, epigenetics and metabolism. She is now investigating how bioavailability of choline affects epigenetics neural progenitor cells.